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The first book to explore menstruation in the current cultural and political landscape and to investigate the new wave of period activism taking the world by storm.
After centuries of being shrouded in taboo and superstition, periods have gone mainstream. Seemingly overnight, a new, high-profile movement has emergedone dedicated to bold activism, creative product innovation, and smart policy advocacyto address the centrality of menstruation in relation to core issues of gender equality and equity.
In Periods Gone Public , Jennifer Weiss-Wolfthe woman Bustle dubbed one of the nation's "badass menstrual activists"explores why periods have become a prominent political cause. From eliminating the tampon tax, to enacting new laws ensuring access to affordable, safe products, menstruation is no longer something to whisper about. Weiss-Wolf shares her firsthand account in the fight for "period equity" and introduces readers to the leaders, pioneers, and everyday people who are making change happen. From societal attitudes of periods throughout historyin the United States and around the worldto grassroots activism and product innovation, Weiss-Wolf challenges readers to face stigma head-on and elevate an agenda that recognizes both the powerand the absolute normalcyof menstruation.
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About the Author
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is a leading advocate and voice for equitable menstrual policy in America. Her petition to end the tampon tax, launched in partnership with Cosmopolitan , catalyzed a national movement. Newsweek deemed her the “architect of the U.S. policy campaign to squash the tampon tax.” Weiss-Wolf’s writing and work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Nation, Bloomberg , and Ms. Magazine , among others. She is on the advisory board of ZanaAfrica Foundation, which provides essential menstrual health education and products to girls in Kenya. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Journey to "The Year of the Period" 1
Chapter 1 Surfing the Crimson Wave 3
Chapter 2 Code Red 27
Chapter 3 Aunt Flo and Uncle Sam 63
Part 2 Periods Gone Public 93
Chapter 4 Carrie at the Prom 95
Chapter 5 Lady's Days 121
Chapter 6 Shark Week 156
Part 3 Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity 181
Chapter 7 Parting the Red Sea 183
Final Thoughts 261